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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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Places available to study this September

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At BU, you can take this course as either BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) or MEng (Master of Engineering) qualification. Whichever level you choose to study, this professionally accredited degree develops high-calibre engineers who are able to function both as an engineer and a technology leader in sectors such as aerospace, marine, automotive, alternative energy, oil and gas, and other high-tech industries.

Industry-seasoned academics, practitioners and guest speakers deliver your practical training in our state-of-the-art Design & Engineering Innovation Centre, giving you the knowledge and skills required to understand the behaviour, performance and limitations of new technologies, in addition to modelling and simulating the performance of technologies.

As well as giving you a solid grounding in engineering, the course will provide an inspirational insight into emerging technologies within the sector and how to apply them to real-world situations. There’s also a career-affirming minimum 30-week period in a work placement, which will help you to make contacts and boost your potential within the profession.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), this degree fully meets the academic standards of Incorporated Engineer (IEng), which means you can apply for IEng status after gaining suitable experience in an engineering role. The course is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). 

Based on the latest Complete University Guide, BU has improved its ranking in 20 tables since 2017 and is now ranked in the top half of the respective tables for 22 subjects, 1 more than in 2017. Mechanical Engineering has improved its ranking by 23 places (37th/70), the most from any subject area at BU this year.

In addition, Unistats data shows 91% of our final year students agreed they were able to contact our staff when they needed to, and that the resources and facilities supported their learning well. Why not join us on live chat or come and meet us at an Open Day to find out more?

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in August 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years with a minimum 30-week placement or 3 years full-time. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year


Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) & the Engineering Council and the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE)

Required subjects:

A level Mathematics and a Science or Technology subject

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.
BU and you. A match made in Clearing.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or +44 (0)1202 524111.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page.

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Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 75% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 3mb)


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career so we offer every student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

Why not read about some of our students’ experiences? What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Your application

The overall philosophy of this course is to produce graduates who, starting from an initial need, can design and develop well considered and potentially commercial products. Therefore, the ability of the applicant to think both laterally and logically, in both artistic and scientific domains is crucial in order to satisfy aesthetic, ergonomic, technological, manufacturing, standards and economic criteria.

In addition to the need for a broad basic knowledge and the ability to communicate in a wide range of disciplines, is the recognition that applicants must be able to think both creatively and analytically. The applicant must also have a desire to be able to learn about design by producing working prototypes of their solutions.

Experience of CAD would be beneficial although not essential.

How to apply

Entry requirements


Engineers are constantly in demand and this course will give you all the skills and knowledge you'll need to do well in this varied and fascinating sector. When you graduate, you'll be equipped to take on a range of engineering roles across the manufacturing and engineering sectors and our graduate employment record in this field is excellent, with 95% of our students in work or further study within six months of finishing their course.

According to a recent report by the Economist, BU is ranked 3rd for boosing graduate salaries. The report showed our graduates earned an average of £39,800 – £10,809 more than the expected earnings.

The Festival of Design & Engineering

In your final year, you’ll get the chance to exhibit your work at the Festival of Design & Engineering. This is one of BU’s longest-running events, giving the public and potential employers an insight into how your work might make a difference in the future.

Many of our students’ projects are a direct result of industry collaboration – offering a solution to a real-life problem, and resulting from practical issues experienced during their placement year.

Find out more about the Festival of Design & EngineeringBook tickets for the Festival of Design & Engineering

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the design and engineering sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course.

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